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The NFL’s game of quarterback musical chairs has officially begun. Who will the New York Jets end up with?

Matthew Stafford is set to become a Los Angeles Ram, Jared Goff is set to become a Detroit Lion, and the NFL’s rapidly-spinning 2021 quarterback carousel is officially up and running.

With a bevy of longtime franchise faces poised to separate with their current teams and a strong rookie quarterback class on its way in, the NFL is about to see a massive overhaul at the signal-caller position in the 2021 offseason. At the forefront of that movement will be the New York Jets.

Joe Douglas‘ team will be one of the major determinants in how this whole thing plays out. He has possession of Sam Darnold, who would certainly attract interest from QB-needy teams on the market, but he also has the assets and draft position to either make an aggressive offer for disgruntled Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson or hang tight and draft a quarterback with the second overall pick. The Jets’ decision will be one of the most important dominoes to fall across the league.

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If the Jets do stay put at No. 2 and set their sights on a quarterback, they will have a tough decision ahead of them with two very worthy options on the table. Should they go with Ohio State’s Justin Fields or BYU’s Zach Wilson?

Or, could Douglas shock the world by trading and down and still taking a quarterback – particularly North Dakota State’s Trey Lance?

As we enter February, it’s anybody’s guess as to who will be under center for the Jets in September. Numerous players have a chance to end up being the man in Florham Park.

On the latest episode of the Cool Your Jets podcast, Ben Blessington and Michael Nania discussed the positives and negatives behind each of the Jets’ possible quarterback options, while also debating which route they think Joe Douglas is most likely to take.

***Warning: NSFW language used in limited spots. 

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Michael Nania is one of the best analytical New York Jets minds in the world, combining his statistical expertise with game film to add proper context to the data. Nania scrapes every corner, ensuring you know all there is to know about everyone from the QB to the long snapper. Nania's Numbers, Nania's QB Grades, and Nania's All-22 give fans a deeper and more well-rounded dive into the Jets than anyone else can offer. Email: michael.nania[at] - Twitter: @Michael_Nania
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2 years ago

Trade #2 to 49ers for first and second 2021 and first, second and third in 2022. Hope at #12 Jets have a choice between Devonte Smith, Kyle Pitts, Rondale Moore or Waddle. At 23 take the best G/C or RB. The Jets have two in the 2nd and two in the third. If Sam Darnold looks bad with this team the Jets have three #1’s in 2022 to move up to get a QB or trade for a QB.

2 years ago

This is a really good podcast, and I gotta tip my cap to Ben, who not only turned Michael from Wilson to Fields, but he turned me as well!

2 years ago
Reply to  Michael Nania

I watch a lot of BIG10 because I live in Chicago and one of my sons went to Iowa, so I expect a lot from a kid like Fields and was disappointed in the showing vs Bama. But we don’t know what the lingering effects were of that injury he suffered vs Clemson, and overall I didn’t think he played worse than St Trevor played against him.

Robby Sabo
2 years ago
Reply to  elehtis

Is that true? I gotta investigate now.